Guatemala

Please contact our LAM-office for more information about our services in Guatemala:

React Latin America
O´Higgins 2062, 4th Floor
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
T +5411 4896 2751
Contact: Ms Estela de Luca
latinamerica@react.org


Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. With an estimated population of around 15.8 million, it is the most populous state in Central America. The main ports in Guatemala are located in San Jose, Quetzal, Champerico, Puerto Barrios and Santo.

Our services in Guatemala

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlements
  • Appearing in hearings in enforcement procedures
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing civil complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Drafting and filing preliminary injunctions
  • Filing surveillance letter
  • Follow up out-of-court procedures (C&D-letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Handling court proceedings (criminal or civil in all their instances)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Representing Members at training sessions

Country Procedures

  • Customs application is available
  • Customs application is valid until the registered trademark remains valid
  • No Simplified procedure
  • Customs will act ex officio but in practice it is not very common
  • Once the seizure is notified to the importer, they are given an audience in which they can inspect the retained merchandise, argue and file evidence against the claim of the other party.
  • Local authorities tasked with taking criminal action against infringers: Customs, Prosecutor Office and Court 
  • Remedies available under law: fine, imprisonment, payment of damages, seizure of infringing goods
  • Proof of knowledge of counterfeiting not required
  • Interim injunctions, contributory liability remedy, damages and costs are all available